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We live in a continuum of history. Our isolation of the past two years has made us feel alone and reflective, and just as we are coming out of it, we have been catapulted into actions and emotions that the Western World has not experienced since World War II. Most of us were not alive then, but the stories passed onto us have been so profound that we almost recognize this place in history. Even before the invasion of Ukraine, we were deeply in need of uplifting stories such as I present in La Posada.
One of my personal favorite plays, La Posada could hardly be more timely. The war in Ukraine has everyone’s hearts and minds focused on Russia; reminding us of an earlier time of relative glasnost—of Ronald Reagan and Mikael Gorbachev, of peace marches and attempts to rid the world of nuclear weapons. We need to remember that our choices and actions make a difference.
La Posada had its first stage reading at Scottsdale's Theatre Artists Studio in 2021. Read more about the play and its fall 2023 premiere at Prescott's Elks Theatre!
The year is 1978. A priceless, papyrus codex is uncovered in an Egyptian tomb. Over 1600 years old, the manuscript is in good condition until it spends 17 years on the black market.
Infinitely fragile, fragments are finally pieced together in a Swiss lab. Yet its journey is less shocking than its content, for this is The Gospel of Judas. At its core, the play asks “in a world where facts keep changing, how do we discover truth and how does our search for it affect us?”
Convicted of the most unforgivable of crimes, Mary is haunted by the media circus surrounding her case and, surreally, by two ghosts of Greek tragedy. A Mexican immigrant named Teresa finds herself inexorably drawn to Mary by fate and circumstance, and visits her in prison. Their emotional journey toward personal redemption lays bare the darkest territories of the human soul, where only grace dares shed its light.
Cheap Food and Sex
Mars and her son Garth are on a road trip. To heal her inner child, Mars’ therapist has told her to bring along a baby doll, which she carries everywhere. Garth tries to be supportive, but there are limits. The play begins when the two, both vegetarians, attempt to order at a McDonald’s restaurant in the hot Arizona desert. They meet their match when they encounter the manager, Frank, and his Sicilian daughter, Serena. Frank’s own therapy, based on Iron John, drove him from New York City to Arizona and his daughter was not happy to come along. Fireworks ensue, but love is in the air. Sometimes a good laugh at ourselves is the best way to communicate and, maybe, the only way to heal the planet.
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What happens when one woman keeps returning to the same restaurant, sometimes with one man, sometimes with another? The circumspect waiter may keep it to himself, but he can’t help but notice. Samantha knows she loves Amici Trattoria, but she can’t seem to decide between her husband and her mentor. If only choosing a lover were as easy as choosing a restaurant!
Fred and Mary:
An Unconventional Romance
Sparkling with fire and wit, Fred and Mary re-imagines the relationship between ground-breaking architect Mary Jane Colter and pioneering hotelier Fred Harvey who has been credited with “civilizing” the West. Straddling the border between historical and alternate realities, their story is interwoven with the beauty and culture of the indigenous people of the Southwest.
Married, Taken or Gay: A Comedy
Rebecca (a therapist), Andrea (a political activist), and Claudia (a young executive) are each looking for the right man in a world where all the best ones are either married, taken, or gay. While most of the comedy’s rapid-fire dialogue takes place at a table in either the trio’s favorite coffeehouse or neighborhood wine bar—pools of light, enlivened by a single versatile actor, reveal what actually happened in medias res before the women arrived on stage.
Five women have been invited to join Emily for her 50th birthday. Four are long-time friends, one Emily's older sister, one is new to the circle. Asked to bring a gift that can't be wrapped, Cass cooks borscht; Gertie brings a Celtic waulking song; Mona a spiritual vision, Jo cleans house, and Maria Evangelina—? As the women share their joys and fears, their motivations and philosophies, they find that the bond of their friendship is their strongest support system.
Alice in Quarantine
Written in concert with ten other playwrights, this pandemic-proof play is designed for socially distanced production but may also be produced traditionally. Inspired by Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, the family-friendly script offers multiple scene options per chapter, making it highly customizable for schools and theatre companies. Script available from Next Stage Press.